Although a 3-0 scoreline suggests an easy victory, it was anything but. Going into the game on a good run of form and top of the table, the Nomads came to Park Hall full of confidence.
They had plenty of chances of their own and just seconds before The New Saints’ second goal, a scramble at the other end could easily have been the equaliser.
Nevertheless, from a TNS perspective it was a good result and definitely a talking point.
Two fantastic goals from the midfielder set the side on their way to victory. Having the benefit of watching the goals again, courtesy of Sgorio, I thought to myself that if these were in the English Premier League people would be talking about them for days afterwards,
Azza had a great game overall and becoming a father recently means it’s going well both on and off for the pitch for the likeable legend.
With so many quality performances on the pitch, Blaine was up there with the best. His defensive work rate was top notch and against a strong, physical Nomads side, he won ball after ball that was played into the box.
The icing on the cake though was the goal he scored. If Azza’s two were game and set then Blaine’s was match as the 3-0 scoreline ensured that The New Saints took a lead that finally killed off any hopes that the visitors had of getting something from the game.
Top Of The Table
Having trailed Connah’s Quay for some weeks, we now leapfrog them to take pole position in the JD Welsh Premier League (JD WPL). This was a massive week for both teams, and at one stage, the Nomads were five points clear.
If we had lost to Llandudno and then again in the game yesterday, we would have been in fourth place and eight points behind Andy Morrison’s side.
Instead, we are top with a points lead of one and three over second and third respectively. It just shows how tight the margins are this season and although The New Saints are leading the way, don’t think for one moment that it’s easy. It isn’t. The quality of the league, in my opinion, improves year on year.
Nevertheless though, as we hit the halfway stage of Phase One in the JD WPL, it’s very pleasing to look at the table and see The New Saints at the top.
The Curse Of The Sgorio Cameras
After defeats in the Queen’s Park and Cardiff Metropolitan University FC games this season, the curse of the Sgorio live games was finally broken. Not that it was an issue, of course, just a coincidence that it had panned out that way.
Nevertheless it was good to put a couple of wrongs right and show the watching Welsh football world – and beyond – the real TNS.
Lead image: Action from the game, courtesy of Brian Jones.